Meet the first black editor at GQ magazine, Nkosiyati Khumalo

Nkosiyati Khumalo is the editor-in-chief of GQ South Africa and the first black editor of the magazine's worldwide history.

Khumalo opened up to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about his life's journey, his beliefs and his work.

He describes his mother as a queen and says she had a hand in the man he has become.

Though his mother has since died, he says her teachings still remain with him and form an integral part of his life.

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She taught us how to take care of ourselves and that's an amazing skill that's still with me now. I am very proud to have called her mom.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

Her philosophy was that you should work to a point where it will take three people to replace you.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

Born in Swaziland, Khumalo spent 18 years in the US, based in New York state and eastern Pennsylvania.

He says living in America helped build his character and confidence.

I think it makes you really confident in who you are, nobody can mess with. You kind of take ownership of your own brand.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

It took Nkosiyati nine years to work himself up the ranks from being an intern to editor-in-chief.

He shares his experience of being the first black editor at GQ and as well as being a gay man.

What I love about this industry is that we can bring our personality in what we do, partly because it is creative.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

So I can bring all of myself with me. I don't have to compartmentalise and say I need to live my Beyonce tendencies at home. I can bring all that with me to work.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

My work speaks for itself. I love that I can bring all the colours and experiences in what I do.

Nkosiyati Khumalo, Editor-in-chief - GQ magazine

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